When the time comes to travel again, these destinations — all right in your own backyard — are the ones to visit next.

CREDIT: AUSTIN JAMES/VISIT FT. WORTH

CREDIT: AUSTIN JAMES/VISIT FT. WORTH

A walloping dose of Texas heritage — with some luxe, modern updates — is drawing visitors to hit the city where the West begins. The historic Fort Worth Stockyards, once a resupply stop for cattle drovers, captures the celebrated legacy of Texas’ bustling livestock industry with rodeos, a history museum, and the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive. It’s also home to an array of boutiques rich with Lone Star style: In Mule Alley, visit Lucchese for a pair of hand-stitched boots, and stop at Stetson for the obligatory cowboy hat. The forthcoming Hotel Drover, too, will pay homage to the cowboys of old. Set to open in early 2021, the property has a design sensibility that’s Old West-meets-Spanish Colonial, with a sprinkling of Victorian smoking lounge moodiness. Embark on a tour of the city’s booming creative scene with stops at Art Tooth and the recently renovated Amon Carter Museum of American Art, then cap off your evening with some of Texas’s best grain-to-glass bourbon at Blackland Distilling. Stay overnight at the soon-to-open Hotel Dryce, a posh, locally owned boutique hotel and bar situated in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. — Gabrielle Nicole Pharms